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NCAA Blocks Special Access For “Worldwide Wes”

Worldwide-Wes-jpg_234953GQ Magazine once called William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley the “most powerful man in sports.” That unofficial title apparently didn’t carry any weight with  NCAA officials in Indianapolis at the Midwest Regional semi-finals.

USA Today says a picture of Wesley was circulated to security guards at Lucas Oil Stadium Friday with instructions to keep him out of credentialed areas. “We were told to keep him out,” said a female security guard.

So why does the NCAA allow Wesley, known for his association with Kentucky coach John Calipari,  to spend time with prospects and roam the sidelines at events like the LeBron James Skill Academy?  CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish has a theory - “Probably because it’s terrified of upsetting Nike.”

Wesley did speak to Yahoo! Sports Friday night, confirming he was in the building for the Louisville-Oregon game. At the 2008 Final Four, Wesley had credentials as part of the Memphis contingent when the Tigers were coached by Calipari.

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